Though a little out of the way, Sembawang Hills Food Centre is definitely not out of reach. While it might not be as grand as Old Airport Road, nor as popular as Chomp Chomp Food Centre. Sembawang has its own little alcove of hidden hawker classics to be proud of.
Whether it’s to get a simple kopi-o on the go or to indulge in a classic popiah as a quick afternoon snack, you’ll find that Sembawang Hills Food Centre covers all the bases. Though it’s definitely not the biggest hawker centre around, the choices available might still leave you in a pickle. To make our life easier, here’s our guide to their 7 most notable eats.
FRESH FISH SEAFOOD SOUP (#01-36)
If you can’t decide between having a bowl of ke kou mian or a bowl of prawn mee, why not give their “special” a try? The bowl was brimming full of ingredients such as fresh, crunchy prawns, lean and tender slice of pork, spiced meatballs and noodles. It’s essentially an extravagant bowl of maggi mee, and is perfect for those with a large appetite or for sharing.
We do recommend eating it a bit faster while it’s still hot though, as the noodles quickly soak up the hot soup and become overcooked after a while.
(Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Tues to Sat: 7am – 2.30pm
JING JI FISHBALL NOODLE (#01-23)
It’s almost impossible for anyone to dislike a bowl of fishball noodles, and no good bowl of fishball noodles is complete without an addictive chilli sauce. Here, theirs are made with dried shrimps for that added umami note. The pork liver served alongside the other ingredients was also soft and completely clear of any unpleasant mineral odour.
(Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Wed to Sun: 6am – 1pm
MAKAN FOOD STALL (#01-17)
For those that can’t start the day without a bowl of mee siam or mee rebus, rest assured Makan Food Stall has all your favourite Malay delights. The flavours aren’t too heavy, with just the right amount of sweet to spicy that each strand of bee hoon readily soaks up. It comes along with a whole lime, you can add a squeeze of it for a touch of tanginess.
While it wasn’t the best nor the most mind-blowing mee siam we’ve had, it’s still a decent bowl not to be missed out on should you feel a hankering for mee siam.
Daily: 6.30am – 7pm
PING KEE POPIAH (#01-32)
Of course this guide would not be complete without the quintessential popiah. Both their popiah and kueh pie tee are filled with finely grated turnip. They were sweeter than the usual popiah mix, but we found them equally, if not more delectable. Both dishes were a wonderful mix of textures and flavours built upon layer by layer that played off the tongue.
Even though we left the kueh pie tee out for a while and the crusts were no longer as crispy, they still provided a satisfying crust that held the ingredients together well without turning soggy.
(Closed on Mondays)
Tues to Sun: 11.15am – 8pm
If there’s any stall that’s absolute value for money, it has to be Seng Huat Duck Rice. For just S$4.50, you get a huge mound of duck meat piled onto your plate, drenched in sweet savoury dark sauce that has a heady note of warm spices. The moist and tender duck meat itself has its natural game-meat taste, without being overwhelmingly duck-like.
(Closed on Mondays)
Tues to Sun: 7am – 1pm
TEOCHEW MINCED MEAT NOODLE (#01-29)
While some might find their bak chor mee a little lacking, we thought it made for a pretty decent bowl, perfect for settling any bak chor mee cravings without having to go all the way to Macpherson. The combination of vinegar and chilli made it wholly satisfying, though the noodles were a tad bit too soft for our liking.
(Closed on Fridays)
Sat to Thurs: 6am – 2.30pm
YUMMY NOODLE HOUSE (#01-08)
For only S$3, Yummy Noodle House serves up a plate of fried wanton noodle for what it’s worth. The portion size was decent, with the char siew being of the lean meat variety instead of the fatty type. The noodles were springy too, though the wantons were a little on the smaller side.
Even without nothing much to scream about, this simple plate of noodles ticked off all the basic components of a decent wanton noodle.
(Closed on Fridays)
Sat to Thurs: 9am – 5pm